Cuckooflower or Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis) HP/BB/BN
Delicate pale pink/lilac flowers appear traditionally with the first call of the cuckoo in April or May. It likes damp meadow conditions and is reasonably common in the north and west of the country where these conditions are more frequent. An important food of the orange-tip and green-vein butterflies and for a variety of hoverflies and beeflies. Plant in a damp area of the garden where there is also some shade. Goes well with Ragged Robin for some early summer colour. Ht 6-16in. Used in homeopathy to treat stomach cramps and the leaves can be added to salads, stews and soups or cooked as a vegetable.